Jim Houlette

EVstudio is now using Blackpoint Software with ACA

by Jim Houlette May 7, 2019

Our structural department is working with Oakwood Homes and has recently added Blackpoint Software to AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) to help improve our services to our Client.  Blackpoint provides may great features for home builders.  First, it helps to organize and track plans, it also helps […]

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You Want to Remove a Load Bearing Wall?

by Jim Houlette April 19, 2019

One of the most common phone calls we receive is “We want to remove a wall, we’re not sure if it’s load bearing.  Can you help?” We are happy to help! The first thing that is needed is an observation.  Our structural engineers can determine […]

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Post Tension Slab-on-Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette April 19, 2019

A Post Tension (PT) slab-on-grade (SOG) foundation is based on a typical raft SOG foundation with one major difference; high strength steel tendons pulled into tension.  Tendons are typically ½” diameter made of 7 steel wire strands that is then greased and encased in a […]

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Wall on Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette April 19, 2019

Simple and cost effective, but limited in design capabilities.  A wall on grade is just as simple as it sounds.  If the bearing capacity of the soil is moderate to high and the load from the structure is light then a typical spread footing can […]

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Steel Screw Pile Foundation

by Jim Houlette March 29, 2019

A deep foundation system that is gaining popularity in areas with difficult soil, contaminated soil and due to its speed of construction is steel screw piles. At first glance screw piles look like the typical helical pier.  However, there are significant differences that make a […]

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Different Structural Foundation Types

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2018

  There are many different foundation types and each one has a unique feature and advantage over other types.  I’ll go into a brief summary of each foundation type and why I used the foundation design in each situation.  Here is a list of the […]

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Repair of Badly Damaged Joist and Sill Plate Due to Water Moisture

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2018

The repairs are complete at a residence in Greeley where water moisture was so severe along the entire north face of the house the joists and sill plate had crushed like cardboard.  EVstudio’s Structural Department worked with Complete Basement Systems to provide a high quality […]

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Save Yourself from Bad Architecture

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2018

In my neighborhood a house was remodeled back in the late 90s.  They added some  finished living space and enlarged the garage.  Great things to give the homeowner more space and improve the value of their home.  Unfortunately, the outside didn’t match the rest of […]

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St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Castle Rock

by Jim Houlette September 28, 2018

EVstudio provided post tension foundation design for the recent St Francis of Assisi Church.  The Church is being built by Fransen Pittman and designed by Architectural Innovations, LLC. This was a great project to be a part of.  The project was an addition to an […]

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Why It’s Critical To Have Correct Floating Sill Plates on Slab-On-Grade Floors in Colorado

by Jim Houlette August 13, 2018

When I’m requested to investigate a house with structural concerns one of the first things I check is proper floating sill plates on slab-on-grade floors.  I’m always amazed how so many basements are finished without a floating sill plate or some way of allowing the […]

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USP Specifier

by Jim Houlette August 6, 2018

USP has recently added a software called USP Specifier to help you determine the best connector for the situation you have.  You can download the software and watch helpful learning tools on their website. A great tool to better serve your client by selecting the […]

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Permanent Retaining Walls using Soil Nails and Shotcrete

by Jim Houlette July 27, 2018

EVstudio does a wide range of projects and design services.  One of those services is soil retention and temporary soil shoring.  There are many different ways to retain soil, but one of my favorites is the use of soil nails and shotcrete.  With the right […]

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